Over the last few months, I have heard a great deal of buzz about a website called Flipgrid.  This summer, I had time to investigate the tool a bit more and I am excited to start using it in my classes.  Flipgrid is a site that allows teachers to post discussion questions to which students respond by using their device to record a short video of themselves.  Each discussion prompt is displayed as a tile which is part of the larger grid.  The students click on the tile to add their recorded response and view the responses of their classmates.  The recording process is very straightforward and done entirely from the website with no need to switch to a camera app or upload a file.  It really couldn’t be easier.  I can think of several different ways that I’d like to integrate Flipgrid in my classes. At the start of the school year, I like the idea of doing a virtual ice-breaker activity for students to get to know each other to supplement what we do in class.  Students can respond to a prompt about a reading, an interpretation, or an image.  With the free Flipgrid account, teachers can create 1 board with unlimited discussion prompts and unlimited student responses.  I like that teachers have the option to moderate student responses before they become public.  A paid account allows for the creation of unlimited boards and provides a nice range of more advanced options.  To check it out, visit www.flipgrid.com.

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